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Cunninghame, Ian; Pitman, Tim – Higher Education Research and Development, 2020
Ensuring that students of all backgrounds are smoothly transitioned through the stages of access, participation and completion in higher education has been the focus of much public policy and research in recent decades. Subsequently, public policy discourse treats those who do not complete their higher education degrees as unsuccessful, despite a…
Descriptors: Educational Benefits, Access to Education, Higher Education, Discourse Analysis
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Pitman, Tim – Higher Education Research and Development, 2020
This article analyses the social contract formulated between state and university, in the period 1850-1930. Using contemporary records -- for example, legislation, parliamentary debates, university acts, newspaper articles, senate and professorial board minutes, and similar -- this article examines how Australia's early scholarly community…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational History, Public Colleges, Educational Objectives
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Pitman, Tim; Koshy, Paul; Phillimore, John – Higher Education Research and Development, 2015
In the pursuit of mass higher education, fears are often expressed that the quality of higher education suffers as access is increased. This quantitative study considers three proxies of educational quality: (1) prior academic achievement of the student, (2) attrition and retention rates and (3) progression rates, to establish whether educational…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Academic Persistence, Access to Education, Foreign Countries
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Pitman, Tim – Higher Education Research and Development, 2013
This study examines the use of the autobiographical research method, where information is gathered from a participant's largely unstructured construction of narrative. It considers the experiences of three "miraculous exceptions": university graduates from low socio-economic backgrounds, who are people traditionally…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged, Autobiographies, Socioeconomic Background, College Graduates
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Pitman, Tim – Higher Education Research and Development, 2009
The recognition of prior learning (RPL) is a cornerstone of the lifelong learning policies of most developed nations. Yet the scholarly view in Australia has been that, unlike other post-compulsory education sectors, universities have erected barriers to limit the development of RPL. This paper re-examines the current policy environment and finds…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Foreign Countries, Internet, Institutional Research